Bill would make it a crime to sell opioid-based cough suppressant to a child under the age of 18 and other introductions

Rep. Ron Johnson, R-Sylacauga, this week introduced legislation to make it a crime for a business to sell dextromethorphan, an opioid-based cough suppressant, to a child under the age of 18.

HB322  does not apply to pharmacists filling a prescription for valid medical purposes. The bill also prohibits local laws or rules governing the sale, distribution or possession of dextromethorphan. A first conviction would result in a warning. The fine for each subsequent violation goes up in $100 increments until it reaches $300 on the fourth violation. Five or more convictions will result in a fine of $300 each. Assigned to House Judiciary Committee.

Other bills among those introduced this session include:

  • SB236 by Sen. Tom Butler, R-Madison,  and 24 other co-sponsors, which would prohibit pharmacy benefits managers from steering patients to affiliated pharmacies or mining patient data. It also would prohibit health insurance plans from requiring patients to use mail-order pharmacies. The bill has been assigned to the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.
  • HB241 by Rep. Kerry Rich, R-Albertville, which would require prescription drugs to be labeled with their country of origin. The House Health Committee carried over the bill at its Feb. 19 meeting.

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